Canon Dr. Michael Velting

Canon for Music

Michael Velting is Canon for Music at Christ Church Cathedral, where he has been Organist and Choirmaster since 1994. Canon Velting serves as Principal Organist, Director of Cathedral Choirs and and Administrator of the Music Program at the Cathedral. Prior to assuming this position he was Assistant Organist and Choirmaster of Washington National Cathedral and Adjunct Professor of Organ at The American University in Washington, D.C.

He holds both the Masters and Doctorate in Organ Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, in the class of David Craighead. From 1982-1986 he lived in Paris, France, where he studied organ with Daniel Roth and won the Prix de Virtuosité  in the class of  Marie-Claire Alain at the Conservatoire National de Région, in Rueil-Malmaison. and where he served as Organist of the American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity from 1984-1986.

Dr. Velting has performed in Germany, England, Canada, Switzerland and France, as well as throughout the United States. He was instrumental in the design of the Lively-Fulcher organ for Christ Church Cathedral, where he directs the Cathedral Choir, the Parish Choir and the Senior Choristers and administers the Cathedral Music Program. He is a member of both the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians. He has served on the Executive Board of the Young Organist’s Cooperative and is a former Dean of the Nashville Chapter of the AGO. He has twice served as a judge for AGO organ competitions. He is Chair of the Committee on Performances for the 2012 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists to be held here in Nashville. He was recently awarded an Outstanding Teacher Award by the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts.